Institute Alternative (IA), Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Center for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro (CIN CG) and Media Centre yesterday urged the institutions to do everything in their power to resolve the situation in Budva within the legal framework and without political interference, and appealed to the EU to warn the top officials about the inappropriate interference of the Government and the police into political issues and local self-government affairs.
The facts in the case of Budva are not in favour of the Government, and it is worth reflecting on them as that is exactly what the Government is trying to camouflage. Namely, the Administrative Inspection within its illegal conduct beyond the scope of its competencies ordered actions and then conducted them with the assistance of a large number of police officers. The entire Montenegro, but also the general interested public, saw what that assistance looked like. The Council for Civic Control of the Police Operations has already identified abuses and excessive police force in this situation.
Union of Medical Doctors of Montenegro (SDMCG), Human Rights Action (HRA) and Centre for Civic Education (CCE) urge the Minister of Health and NKT to allow entry into Montenegro without institutional quarantine to all persons with a negative PCR test, and not just to those who enter the country by private planes and yachts. We propose to require tourists to bring a test result that is not older than 48 hours, and to allow our citizens and residents to be tested immediately at the border.
HRA and CCE have previously pointed out to discrimination against people who are allowed to come to Montenegro by private planes and yachts from all over the world, regardless of the degree of infection, only if they have a negative test not older than 48 hours. At the same time, this is not possible to those who want to enter the country in the usual ways, i.e. by car.
Institute Alternative (IA), Center for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro (CIN CG), Media Centre and the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) condemn the police intrusion into premises of the Budva City Hall, violence and arrests of municipal officials, civil servants and citizens.
We appeal for the detainees to be released, and the police and the Prosecutor’s office not to get involved into resolving the legal and political crisis in the local self-government of Budva. We call on the competent court to decide urgently on the relevant cases before this court.
Today, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organized a one-day study visit of young activists, high school students from all over Montenegro, in Podgorica, as well as meetings with the Director of the Directorate for Youth at the Ministry of Sports and Youth, Nenad Koprivica and with the CCE’s Executive Director Daliborka Uljarević.
During the weekend, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organized field part of the programme of the second generation of the Traveling School of Transitional Justice, which included a visit to sites related to war crimes cases of “Bukovica”, “Kaluđerski laz”, “Murino”, “Deportation” and the camp “Morinj”. Programme participants also had the opportunity to talk to activists from local organizations involved in studying these war crimes and preserving the memory of the victims.